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What A Sight!

This is what happens when Sreesanth the bowler triumphs over Sreesanth the madman. Lax, Zaks, Sree, Bhajji, MS, Dravid … What A Victory!

Kallis swerves ... in vain (via Cricinfo)


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December 29, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Infidelity FTW

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When I first read this headline – “Mother’s Day makes wives want to cheat on their husbands” – at first I was like “WHAT?”. Then I was like “how in the name of everything that’s adulterous and naughty did they generate such statistics?”. I did a double-take when I saw that they picked up this data from a dating website* for married people. Then I did a triple-take (and a silent LOL-chuckle) when I read the website‘s tagline –


It’s a pity I can’t open the website from India, but it makes me wonder all over again – Why do people get married at all? Why exactly do Americans get married and then find it necessary to fool around? Indians have the ‘excuse’ that arranged marriages are an ineffective method for finding matches for people (yeah, nice try). But, off the top of my head, I cannot think of any non-demeaning reason for such American infidelities, given the supposedly advanced state of their civilization and liberal thinking. I single out America not because of any bias against the country -it is the best country to be a citizen of, for now at least – but because it seems like most of the remaining ‘Western Civilization‘ seems to have done away with this annoyance by quite often choosing to not get married at all.**

Is physical and emotional fidelity supposed to be more like a fine print in any marriage nowadays?

(via kottke.org)

*I seriously doubt whether such a website would be allowed to even run in India. It would be demonized for trying to ‘put bad thoughts’ in the minds of ‘pure, married people’. Speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil – that’s what we are supposed to do.

** Sorry that I mention this without any supporting links, it’s just something I read somewhere. Please feel free to search for stuff to prove/dismiss this (and send me a link if you find one for either)

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April 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Why this whole thing is just so wrong

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These terrorists put in so much of effort, time and money into planning something so elaborate – all so that they could go and kill people. Not people of a particular group or ideology or country, but just so that they could go and kill people. It was like they weren’t satisfied with your typical FPS games and needed something more exciting to calm their whacked-out systems.

They killed innocent people. With glee. At CST, they killed a female who was shreiking as she ran towards the door. Then they killed a small child which was presumably disturbing them with its crying. They shot at people who were running because they were running, and then at people who weren’t running because they weren’t. They killed 57 people in this manner.

They then got into cars and went on a killing spree, specifically targeting policemen. They said (those who got captured later, that is) that they were ‘trying to avoid’ people who seemed Muslim. Clearly, they succeeded spectacularly at the former, and failed miserably at the latter.

There was one T actually hiding with a group of hostages until they were calm, and then opened fire and killed them all. And felt pretty proud doing this, I’m sure.

There were these 2 people who were holed up in the storage section of the Taj, and one of them was unfortunate enough to have his phone ring just as he was peeking out to check whether it was ok to run. He never answered that call as  a bullet shattered his skull. His friend stayed hidden with his corpse for hours after that.

I had to subject myself to torture of the highest degree thanks to the craziness going in South Mumbai and the constant stream of ridiculousness and absurdity being beamed into my living room by the ‘exclusive’ reports. The only sane channel was DD News, and that was only because all they were doing was counting off the number of countries who had sent in their condolences. I’ve had a long standing disrespect for the media, especially the Indian guys, and this catastrophe has strengthened my disdain for them.

I was moved when Mr. R. R. Patil, the Dy. CM of Maharashtra, showed emotion and a genuine resolve while talking to reporters. This was of course on a lesser watched Marathi channel because he was not a savvy or sweet-talking ass like most of the people who were hogging MY TIME on the top news channels. On being asked about the nationalities of the terrorists, he just couldn’t continue with the facade of diplomacy and political correctness, and yelled out – “They were Pakistanis. This is a conspiracy of the worst kind, and I will personally do something about this. I promise. They will pay.” This was followed by a vehement “Mera Bharat Mahan” addressed to a particularly loud section of the crowd there. It was at that moment I realized how much we underestimate the power of politics- no matter how horrible these folks might be, they have the responsibility (and quite often the ability) to rally a huge mass of people …

… and then came on our Home Minister Shivraj Patil followed by our Prime Minister Dr. Singh, who assured us that they were very ‘distressed’ and ‘appalled’. They conveyed defeat, confusion and helplessness so effectively, that in one stroke they managed to crush all my hope and optimism. I was led me back to the well-trodden path of cynicism and disgust. Gah.

– I was astonished to find people complaining about the long time it was taking for the rescue operations to complete. As if they couldn’t had been greater asses, these people then went on to crib about how they still couldn’t see security elsewhere in Mumbai. OMFG. I would had lost it then and there itself, but my sis told me about the story of some hostages who were rescued by an NSG soldier. His assurance made me forget the braying going on on TV – “Don’t panic. Don’t fear. I’m here to protect you. The first bullet will have to pass through me before you are harmed. I WILL get you out.” And it was all ok.

– I have always had a fondness for those trivial, insignificant things which make everyday an interesting day worth living and which distract you at least for some time from the humungous problems currently besieging us. These attacks made me guilty about being interested in trivial things. It made me feel immensely dissatisfied with all that I have done so far, am doing currently and I will be doing in the short-term future. I felt like the the stray dog below (from the Big Picture, #28), who suddenly realizes that he’s in unfamiliar territory – it looks and smells like the same place he’s frequented all his life, but something has changed irrevocably. And that pisses him off as well.

Because nobody except us has the right to change anything in our country. Nobody.

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November 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm

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All in favour – Say ‘Neigh’

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So today is the day the Indian government goes in to parliament to face  a no-confidence motion. Things have changed so dramatically over the past few weeks – days, in fact – that it is quite difficult to identify each politician with the party he currently belongs to AND the side he will support, the two not necessarily being same. Ideologies have gone for a toss, as have agendas and promises. One has witnessed horse-trading of the worst kind, with people almost going on record about the going price of most politicians. The Congress Party believes to have found new confidence. Our PM Dr. Manmohan Singh seems to have found a new voice – maybe his weaning away process from ‘Madam’ has been completed finally. The Left seems to have had an all-too-familiar bout of rhetoric infused conscience and is protesting on the basis of the Nuclear Deal which India recently signed with the US.

Now here’s where one must pause. The whole ruckus is about the N-Deal. Not about inflation, not about farmers, not about reservations – it’s the N-Deal, which is where the real irony lies. No one is quite sure what the N-Deal is, and everyone is doubly unsure about the ramifications of it. As a result, the uncertainty and ignorance have only strengthened people’s opinions and misconceptions. Some people are now fairly confident of the deal being anti-Muslim, while others argue that it is equally anti- and pro- all communities (which is good I guess). Some think it is subservience to the USA of the worst kind, while others think we’re not being subservient enough. Some believe it will make India a Nuclear Dumping ground, others say ‘What Crap’.

The BJP – the biggest party in the opposition, the party with individual or coalition governments in more than half the states in India- is being declared as a fading party. It’s a party which probably needs a good dose of rehab, some say. Fair enough, as that is a comment on the ‘top light – bottom heavy’ party structure they currently have and because A B Vajpayee was always going to be a hard example to match up to. Now the BJP is being accused of siding with the Left parties just to bring the government down. They are being accused of being two-faced since the N-Deal is something they actually support but are opposing right now just for the heck of it. I must confess, this has me completely stumped because I still remember reading this article by Arun Shourie in the Indian Express a long time back which kind of made it pretty clear why the BJP would oppose the deal, and why it is a fairly illogical deal to moot. (I remember the day the N-Deal was announced. I was at the barber’s when I saw two rival newspapers simultaneously screaming out how good and how bad the deal was. The barber remarked that the deal would finally allow us to bomb Pakistan. I was in total agreement, mainly because he had a pair of sharp scissors very close to my neck). Of course, the thing about opinions is that one can easily question their veracity and dismiss them at the soonest. So sue me if I naively respect Mr. Shourie, but read the article nevertheless.

So why isn’t the BJP stressing on it’s Nuclear intentions and make its stand clearer? The thing which most surprises me is that the BJP is quite laidback about the whole no-confidence motion business. There are talks of a few BJP MPs abstaining from the vote against the UPA government. The alternative to the current government is one which is headed by Mayawati, the bahin from UP with balls bigger than most people in India and greed much more insatiable than that. Maybe the BJP realizes that getting rid of the government right now will give them (the UPA) quite a bit of totally undeserved moral high ground. There are after all only a few months left before the polls are scheduled to happen anyway. Maybe a defeat in the vote is just the perfect thing the BJP needs to sideline the Left, the BSP and all those ‘nuisances’ which keep popping up all the time all over the political landscape. The way the numbers have added up, it is going to be next to impossible for the Congress led coalition to govern for the remainder of the term anyway. OR, maybe this is just another of my conspiracy theories 🙂

Dr. Singh says that the N-Deal is worth losing a government over. Pity he didn’t think it necessary to educate people about it in the first place. Maybe that’s the whole idea – to get out of the shoddy mess with heads held high. I sincerely hope that the no-confidence motion fails so that the ridiculousness and absurdity of the (prospective) coalition becomes apparent to one and all. Fingers crossed! All in favour – say ‘Nay’

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July 22, 2008 at 9:49 am

Baabul ki dua ka aachar daalein?

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Do I make pickle out of Father’s blessings?

Picture this:Bahu (with saas inset)

You’re a nubile, innocent little phoolsi kali (flowerbud-types) all of 18. Yes you are. You’re very talented too, which basically means that you can cook amazing gaajar halwa and sarson-da-saag and can sing and dance like a professional but very demurely and only when urged on by everyone. For some reason, you decide to get married to this dashing, charming dude, who’s sole purpose in life is to act as a means for you to enter a rich, well-settled family, after which he prefers being like those paintings most people have in their houses – they’re supposed to serve some purpose, but they’re best when they’re always in the background.

In this family, people wear everything from sindoor-in-maang to 5-kilo jewelry to heerein-zevraat ALL the time – when they’re asleep, when they’re awake, when they go shopping for vegetables, when they’re just stepping out of the bath, when they’re doing some loving, when they’re doing some killing, when they’re getting killed- even when they’re being pushed to destitution.

Now that you have got the picture, I urge you to contemplate what would indeed be the equivalent of Sophie’s Choice for you.


<loud dramatic deep baritone>Babul Aangan byaargh

Saas ki saalgirah ya Maayke mein pooja?” (Mother-in-law’s birthday or Big fancy ceremony at mom’s place?)

Behen ki shaadi ya Nanand ki god-bharai?” (Sister’s wedding or Sister-in-law’s tummy-filling a.k.a. baby shower?)

Baabul ki khushi ya Maang ki pariksha?” (Aged father’s happiness or Sacrifice for husband?)

</drumroll> </baritone>

You would then shake your head in pity, sigh and say “Baabul ka aangan Chhootey Naa“. (Sigh. Why did I get married at all?)

NB: Note how this dilemma is no longer a dilemma if the conditionality in the aforementioned quandaries was tweaked as follows –

Saas Maa ki saalgirah ya Maayke Sasural mein pooja?

Behen Nanand ki shaadi ya Nanand Behen ki god-bharai?

Baabul Maang ki khushi ya Maang Baabul ki pariksha?

Here’s a sample of how things usually look –

This is what the Indian Telly-industry has now been reduced to. Makers of soaps these days are apparently under the impression that people like coming home from a hard day’s work to watch simpering daughter-in-law’s get tortured by evil, scheming moms/sis’s-in-law. They believe that the average housewife’s intelligence cannot grasp the gravity of one tight slap unless it is shown thrice in slow-mo with red filters to convey rage, angst and pathos all at once.

I protest. I protest quite vehemently to this dumbing down of society of which I am very much a part of, and which by a variant of the zeroth law of Thermodynamics implies the dumbing down of me simply by association. This seems to be a classic case of supply defining demand because of a general apathy of the consumer. It speaks volumes about the creativity drought we’re currently being faced with, with the only watchable show (other than ‘Saturday Shuffle with Mia‘ of course) is probably Roadies 5.0 (start from 4.00 min here). Football and the occasional cricket match are all that’s left to motivate me to hunt for the remote these days.

Maybe we should go down the tried and ok-tested route of getting inspired (which I don’t really mind, as mentioned previously). Maybe we should go and linearly execute all Reality T.V. show producers and go telecast this on Aaj Tak, given that they simply enjoy showing random people being bashed up by angry mobs. Maybe we should stop allowing the idiot box make idiots out of us.

Or maybe we should just change the channel.

(I realize that picking on TV Serials is like the easiest of topics, but still …)

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February 11, 2008 at 3:12 pm

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